Costa inks Atletico extension

Updated: August 14, 2013

Madrid, Spain (Sports Network) – Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa signed a
three-year contract extension with the La Liga club on Wednesday, keeping him
with the side until 2018.

The Brazilian netted 20 goals last season, helping Los Rojiblancos finish third
in La Liga and claim a Copa del Rey title over neighbors Real Madrid.

His performance last season attracted the attention over several other European
clubs, including Premier League giants Liverpool, who reportedly tried to
activate the buyout clause in his contract with a bid in the 24.5 million Euro

But Costa chose to extend his deal with Atletico and insisted he is happy with
the Spanish club.

“I am very happy with this deal after fighting for a long time to win the
affection of the fans, my teammates and people inside the club,” he told the
club’s website. “It is a very special moment and I am very happy here.”